Meagan Morgan spent the majority of her soccer days in goal before this year, but the Harlem senior was needed in the field, and she obliged.
"She understood," Harlem coach George Berry said. "She's been a team player ever since she's been in middle school."
Morgan will soon be able to return to her favorite spot. She signed on May 5 to play goalie for Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
"It's fun," she said. "They stuck me in the goal one time when I was younger and I just liked it, and I stuck with it, and I was good at it."
Morgan applied and set up a tryout time with ABAC coach Jimmy Ballenger. She scrimmaged with Ballenger's soccer class, and then took her place in goal while some of the girls took shots.
"He called me up a week later and set up a time to sign," Morgan said.
The signing locked up Morgan's immediate future -- she wants to study psychology at ABAC -- and left behind a season during which the Bulldogs failed to make the Class AAA playoffs for the first time in six years.
Harlem's region playoff date, a matchup with Richmond Hill, fell during spring break. Berry was without five players and lost 4-0 in Savannah.
Berry will lose five seniors from this year's team, including Morgan, whom he said started every game for him at goalie before this year.
"That's because she was the best," Berry said.
Berry, a middle-school teacher, knew of Morgan's talent before she reached the high-school level. He said Morgan gravitated to goalie because she "got to get down and dirty."
"Fearlessness, intelligence, speed, quick reactions -- she had all that," he said.
Morgan also had the ability to play midfield after years in the goal, which she said wasn't a tough transition.
"I've been playing soccer for a long time," she said. "I know the game."
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